Adam Kramer '21 EMBA
Jane Adler '13 & Rachel Creighton '10
Celebrating Their Village
New and Gold, an unofficial Notre Dame alumni group for mothers, started as an intimate Facebook group of 12 friends and acquaintances. It has since become a “full-blown community” of over 1,500 members.
Andrew Wiand '11, '12 M.S.
Shaping the Next Generation of Leaders
Many more talented people will make their way to South Bend and Notre Dame over the years to come. Not all will stay, of course. But the work being done by Wiand and enFocus aims to ensure that talent will continue to make both places thrive.
Mike Flanigan '15
Innovating to Scout the Sea
Mike Flanigan ’15 is the CEO of SeaSats, a company that provides solar-powered autonomous ocean vehicles. SeaSats launched in October 2020, but the team of four co-founders has been making boats together since their days as kids growing up in coastal Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Producing for Hollywood's Top Talent
Writing Stories that Matter
Performing from the Heart
Dr. Darren Dochuk
Educating Future Scholars
Producing Sports' Biggest Moments
Documenting Nature's Wonders
Dr. Christina E. Fitch
Serving Around the Globe
Trailblazing in Sports Media
Dr. Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami '15 M.S.
Making Sports and Exercise More Accessible
Okanlami has both led and been a part of numerous initiatives to raise awareness of the program and adaptive sports and inclusive recreation as a whole.
Metaya Argaw Tilahun '20 M.Arch
Recreating Urban Spaces
Tilahun and other proponents of traditional urbanism say their designs create more human connection and therefore better mental health, in addition to the environmental benefits.
Dr. Kristin Andrejko '19
Collaborating to Eradicate Disease
Dr. Kristin Andrejko ’19, an epidemiologist in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, shifted her academic focus to contribute research towards eradicating COVID-19 while a doctoral student at UC-Berkeley.
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2023 Mother's Day
Sharing Our Mothers' Stories
This Mother’s Day, the Notre Dame Alumni Association has compiled past We Are ND stories from mothers and mother figures in the Notre Dame community.
John Ghingo '94
Bringing Nourishment to Others
When he took charge at Whisps, Ghingo saw it as an opportunity to return to his roots in snacking, but with all his newfound knowledge about clean and nutritious food processing.
Dr. Carol Lally Shields '79
Paving the Way in Sports and Medicine
Lally Shields has applied the same level of competitiveness and drive to her career in medicine. Most recently, the NCAA awarded Lally Shields with the 2023 Theodore Roosevelt Award — the highest honor the NCAA may confer upon an individual — presented annually to a distinguished person of national reputation and exceptional accomplishment.
Elsa Barron '21
Striving Towards Environmental Peacebuilding
From the grassroots to the global, Barron’s drive for environmental action remains both urgent and hopeful.
Hannah O'Brien '19
Learning What the Moon has to Offer
O’Brien first began thinking about planetary geology in Dr. Clive Neal’s Planet Earth class as a sophomore.
Kiley Adams '17
Ensuring Equitable Access to Outdoor Spaces
In the same way that those with disabilities deserve equitable access to education, housing, and transportation, Adams believes that having access to outdoor, adaptive recreation is no different.
Connor Toohill '14
Making Well-Being Accessible for Everyone
Almost since he first stepped foot on campus, Connor Toohill ‘14 has been putting his entrepreneurial and innovative mind to work toward solving society’s most pressing issues.
Geraldine Mukumbi '16
Striving to Make Literature More Accessible to Young People
Geraldine Mukumbi ’16 left her native Zimbabwe to come to Notre Dame in search of a kind of academic freedom. Still entertaining aspirations of a “practical” future, the Hesburgh-Yusko scholar entered as a finance major. But her heart was always with the arts.
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Conor Hanney '14
Promoting Inclusion in Television and Theatre
Ever since he was a high school student in Jacksonville, Florida, Conor Hanney ’14 has had two passions: television production and championing individuals with cognitive disabilities.
DeJorie Monroe '16
Alumna Pursues Passions from Fellowship to Foreign Service
In a commitment to public service, DeJorie Monroe ’16 is pursuing a career in diplomacy and international affairs as Notre Dame's first Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellow.
Emily Rupchock '20EMNA
Alumna Embraces Motherhood and Connection with Chosen Family
Working with under-resourced children and families has brought Emily Rupchock EMNA ’20 a lot of satisfaction over the years, but that wasn’t the only outcome. Her work with these communities brought another beautiful — if unexpected — gift: a daughter.
2022 Mother's Day
Postcards to Mom
Each year, the Notre Dame Alumni Association distributes free postcards for students, faculty, and staff to write and send messages to the mother figures in their lives. This year, we asked five students to write and narrate their cards on camera.
Nick Nissen, M.D. '16
Advocating for Access and Empathy in Mental Health Care
As a psychiatry resident, podcast host, ABC News medical correspondent, children's book author, and mental health advocate, Nick Nissen M.D. '16 is working to destigmatize mental health struggles and to teach emotional intelligence and empathy.
Joan Mileski '79
Setting the Next Generation Up For Success
As the first in her family to graduate college, Joan Mileski '79 now works to support today's first-generation students as a professor and head of the Department of Maritime Business Administration at Texas A&M-Galveston.
Kelechi Ndukwe '02
Naval Commander Driven to Lead by Example
After graduating from Notre Dame’s ROTC program, Kelechi Ndukwe '02 was one of two African American officers on the ship in his first Navy posting. Now a commander, in 2021 he became the second Nigerian American to command a U.S. Navy destroyer and now serves as a mentor to younger sailors.